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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius react during a statement on early November 24, 2013 in Geneva. World powers on November 24 agreed a landmark deal with Iran halting parts of its nuclear programme in what US President Barack Obama called 'an important first step'. According to details of the accord agreed in Geneva provided by the White House, Iran has committed to halt uranium enrichment above purities of five percent.
The U.S., along with five other members of the United Nations, have reached an interim agreement with Iran over the country's nuclear development program. Certain economic sanctions against Iran will be lifted in exchange for a six-month stoppage in Iran's nuclear enrichment program.
The deal was met with relief and joy in Iran, which has been crippled by economic sanctions enacted since 2006. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been vocal about his opposition to the negotiations from the beginning, has called the deal a "historic mistake."
A few U.S. lawmakers are also critical, saying that the agreement doesn't do enough to ban Iran from enriching uranium altogether. A formal agreement still needs to be worked out, even as some hardliners in the U.S. Senate threaten to impose a new round of sanctions against Iran.
Rebecca Sinderbrand, Deputy White House Editor for POLITICO
Michael Rubin, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute (AEI); Author of the forthcoming book Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes (Encounter Books, February 18, 2014)
Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine; weekly columnist for The National, leading English-language paper in the Middle East; proprietor of the weblog "Ibishblog.com"